Monaghan County Council, along with project partners Waterways Ireland, Cavan County Council, Fermanagh & Omagh Council, Mid Ulster Council and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council, have devised a long distance greenway route, primarily using the disused Ulster Canal and a network of abandoned railway lines which intersect the canal, to create over 90km of unbroken greenway connecting the towns of Cavan, Clones, Enniskillen, Monaghan, Armagh and Portadown, and providing connections into routes beyond which would enable a traveller to traverse the entire island by foot or bike.
A Development Strategy outlining the routes, and how it is proposed to achieve the vision, is now in draft form. The partners, as is good practice for a route of this length, have commissioned a Strategic Environmental Assessment of the draft Strategy, so that any environmental impacts of the project – either by virtue of the route proposed to be followed, or the design of the greenway itself – might be uncovered at this early stage, taken on board and mitigated against, so that the impact might be minimised at a minimal cost (it’s much cheaper to change a route or a design at the planning stage than after you have the land bought and the digger on site!!)
The consultants who carried out the SEA (Strategic Environmental Assessment) have now reported back. A summary of their findings and recommendations is in report form. You can find all documents associated with the SEA, including the draft Strategy, on the Ulster Canal Greenway’s website, http://www.ulstercanalgreenway.com
You can also view the documents in any of the Council’s offices or libraries, or by following this link:
A public information day has been organised in Monaghan on Tuesday 9th May from 3 to 8pm in the Market House. Engineering staff from Waterways Ireland will be on hand to discuss the planned route. The consultants Paul Hogarth will also be present, and will be able to go through the results of the SEA screening process.
Comments on the draft Strategy, and the SEA report are invited from the public up until July 21st. Comments should be sent to:
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By post: Ulster Canal Greenway Development Strategy
Environment & Heritage Section